Plat of the town of Madison on the Four Lakes, July 1, 1836 / John V. Suydam. 1836.
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At the territorial convention in Belmont in the fall of 1836, businessman and future territorial governor James Duane Doty sought to make Madison the capital of Wisconsin. Doty owned much of the land on the isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona, and stood to profit from its selection as capital. First, however, he had to convince the other delegates that Madison would make the best site. Doty and his surveyor, John V. Suydam, drew this map as a promotional tool to get other territorial delega...
James Duane Doty (1799-1865) was a lawyer, judge, and government official. He represented Wisconsin in Congress between 1838 and 1841, and again between 1849 and 1853. He was governor of Wisconsin Territory between 1841 and 1844, and served as the governor of Utah Territory between 1863 and 1865. From the description of James Duane Doty letter, 1861 November 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367719059 From the guide to the James Duane Doty letter, 1861 November 22, (L. Tom ...